You won't find any shops or banks here, but with so much natural beauty it’ll make for a great break from civilisation. Visiting the islands once was limited to cruise ships, and passengers were forbidden to actually set foot on the Yasawas until the 1950s. Thanks to a Government ecotourism initiative, the islands are now dotted with accommodation options.
With gorgeous beaches, abundant sunshine and a range of backpacker resorts, this is the place to come for an affordable retreat in paradise.
The Yasawas are some of the most picturesque islands in Fiji, but accommodation is quite a different experience to the nearby Mamanucas. While luxury resorts are increasingly popping up, the Yasawas are better known for the backpacking and flashpacking options. Many of the affordable resorts and lodges are run by locals, giving you a true Fijian experienceAll accommodation in Yasawa Islands
As well as ever-popular snorkelling and kayaking, the Yasawas are great for sailing. Experience the stunning scenery on board a cruise ship or a chartered yacht, where you’ll get a taste of a different island every day. Swimming, fishing, village visits and campfire barbecues are common activities.
In the northern part of the island group, the limestone caves of Sawa-i-lau are a great destination for a day trip. Or, for the more adventurous, you can dive with manta rays on Drawaqa Island and snorkel with sharks on Kuata Island.
How to get to the Yasawa Islands
Getting to the Yasawa Islands is a short 30-minute hop by seaplane from Nadi. You’ll want your camera handy – the views are amazing!
If you’re not in a rush, you can relax on a boat trip with one of the ferry companies. Take in the beautiful scenery while enjoying refreshments from the onboard bar and café.
Dining in the Yasawa Islands
Dining options in the Yasawas are resort-based, as there are no private restaurants in the island group. However, on islands with more than one resort, you’re welcome to dine at the neighbouring resort’s restaurant.
For an authentic Fijian experience, many resorts will make arrangements with the local villages allowing you to sample traditional fare during village tours, hikes or Meke nights.